The premise of the show is simple: It’s opening night of a new musical based on William Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew. Of course, their are a few minor complications, like the two lead actors also being ex-lovers and two goofy gangsters trying to collect a major gambling debt. Of course, there’s plenty of screwball complications both onstage and off. Then of course, there are the songs which include some of Porter’s best like the smoking song and dance number “Too Darn Hot,” the actor’s lament “Another Op’nin’, Another Show and of course the clever “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” which allows Porter to creatively pun on the title of nearly every Shakespeare play.
In 1949, Kiss Me Kate would win the award for Best Musical at the inaugural Tony Awards; and a later production would win the 2000 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.
Of course there’s a Kiss Me Kate cocktail. It’s a nice sweet pink drink made from the honey-whiskey liqueur Irish Mist and the strawberry cream-tequila liqueur Tiequila Rose.
Kiss Me Kate
- 2 1/2 ounces Irish Mist
- 1/2 ounce Tequila Rose
Pour ingredients over ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a mint sprig.
Tomorrow: What are you doing New Year’s Eve?